Takamine Guitars: GS330S
by Guitar Guru
“Plain Jane Knocks Your Socks Off"
The Takamine GS330S may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. Rather spartan in the looks department, the GS330S makes up for her rather plain appearance with a smoothly-sweet sound that can be attributed to its genuine solid cedar top
. With a price of <$300, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a tone nearly as good for the price.
Something to keep in mind though, is that while the treble notes of the GS330S are light and bright, the bass can be a bit ‘tinny’ sounding, especially if you have a heavy touch when it comes to picking. So don’t hesitate to experiment until you find the right weight strings for this plain beauty. If you are into finger-style playing, you’ll find that the GS330S will serve you well, even with the strings that come right out of the box.
Regardless of your playing style, if you like to beat the sound out of your guitar you will find that the sound gets ‘muddy’ fairly quickly. Another down side is that the softness of the cedar top means that it is prone to nicks and dents from your pick or even from bumping into things, so if you plan to put it through a lot of wear and tear, be prepared for it to look fairly beat-up fairly fast.
But if you don’t mind the ‘plain Jane’ looks of this solid little instrument, you’ll be swept away by the quality of construction and sound that should really be attributed to a much higher-priced guitar.
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